Calling this thing a "universal Blu-ray player" seems a bit disingenuous (at least compared to models that have used that moniker in the past), but there's no question that Yamaha's latest does a good bit more than simply play back your newest Blu-ray Disc. The BD-A1000 offers 1080p playback via HDMI, component outputs, coaxial / Toslink digital audio ports, an RS-232C control socket and an Ethernet port, but unlike many BD decks, you'll also find a pair of USB ports (one on the front, one on the rear). Moreover, this guy can tune into Netflix, Blockbuster and YouTube without any fancy software hacks, and as expected, it'll handle BD-Live and BonusView content as well. Too bad that $699.95 MSRP is bound to scare just about everyone away.

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YAMAHA AVENTAGE BD-A1000 HIGH PERFORMANCE, 3D-READY BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER ADDS A NEW DIMENSION TO HOME THEATER ENTERTAINMENT

A Complement to Yamaha's AVENTAGE Receivers, this Sophisticated Unit Offers First Class Video and Audio Playback for Hours of Music and Video Enjoyment


BUENA PARK, Calif.––Yamaha Electronics Corporation, the innovator in home theater and digital audio and video reproduction, today introduced the BD-A1000 Blu-ray Disc Player. Offering impressive HD video and audio qualities, the BD-A1000 features content playback from NetFlix, Blockbuster and YouTube Internet video streaming, along with dual USB (front/rear) inputs for a wide-array of audio and video sources.

The BD-A1000 represents Yamaha's first universal Blu-ray player, and adds a new dimension to home entertainment with a multitude of internet-related, interactive features such as BD-Live and BonusView, which provide secondary video/audio for enhanced commentary and information, as well as features for existing and future entertainment options via USB memory.

Integrating Yamaha's most advanced technology with stylish design, the BD-A1000 is engineered for maximum operating convenience with the Yamaha AVENTAGE line of AV receivers. By pressing the SCENE BD/DVD button on a current Yamaha AV receiver remote control, users can turn on the power to the receiver and the BD-A1000, and begin disc playback. The BD-A1000 offers full HD Audio decoding, 1080p/24Hz-compatible HDMI and 7.1 multi-channel analog output with four 2-channel DACs. It has Disc and USB multimedia format compatibility for AVCHD, WMV, JPEG (HD), MP3 and WMA. The BD-A1000 also provides full integration with home automation solutions and is also Control4 certified.

"Home theater enthusiasts are demanding versatile content compatibility, and Yamaha offers the most versatile entertainment options," said Tom Sumner, President, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. "The new Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1000 highly enhances the visual and audio experience and is the ideal match for Yamaha's AVENTAGE series of AV receivers."

Additional features include an RC-232C integration control, on-screen display GUI, dual USB ports for video, music and photos playback, and detachable power cable.

The Yamaha BD-A1000 carries an MSRP of $699.95.

For more information, write Yamaha Electronics Corporation, P.O. Box 6660, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone (714) 522-9105; email infostation@yamaha.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/hometheater.

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Yamaha brings Netflix, Blockbuster and YouTube access to BD-A1000 'universal Blu-ray player'